All About Eyelid Surgery Risks & Complications
Like any medical treatment, cosmetic eyelid surgery in Toronto has its own set of risks and complications that can occur, ranging from very common to very rare. If you are considering undergoing cosmetic blepharoplasty, you should learn about these possible risks and complications so that you can determine whether the procedure is suitable for you, and if you feel comfortable with what could happen.
Cosmetic eyelid surgery is an invasive procedure that should be performed by an experienced surgeon with expertise in facial anatomy. By choosing the right surgeon, you'll dramatically reduce the chance of any complications occurring.
Side effects and complications related to anesthesia
You'll most likely receive a complete list of risks and complications from your surgeon during a pre-surgery consultation. Here is a portion of what may appear on that list.
Negative side effects and complications related to anesthesia, such as nausea and adverse allergic reactions:
- Dry eyes (usually temporary and can be treated with eye drops)
- Blurry or double vision (usually temporary but could be permanent, which requires corrective surgery)
- Swelling (usually temporary)
- Soreness (usually temporary)
- Bruising (usually temporary)
- Scarring (although incisions are typically placed in discreet locations, a visible scar may still result. To reduce the risk of this happening, follow post-surgical care instructions provided by your surgeon.)
- Infection (treatable with anibiotics)
- Cysts that look like tiny pimples, specifically in the area of a suture (they may disappear on their own or require a relatively simple treatment)
- Asymmetry due to over or under correction of one of the eyelids (may require a subsequent procedure)
- Inability to close the eyes completely (may require a subsequent procedure)
- Hematoma (may require a subsequent procedure to drain)
We highly recommend that you ask your surgeon about anything you don't understand on the list (you don't want any surprises!)
Your recovery will be closely monitored by your surgeon during postoperative consultations scheduled at varying intervals. However, if you are concerned about your recovery or are worried about something you may think is a problem, contact the surgeon who performed your cosmetic eyelid surgery immediately. Your cosmetic eyelid surgeon at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic will provide you with direct contact information for such a situation.